Refuel Recipe: Oatmeal Energy Balls

A Nutrition Nugget with Lauren Bratcher, Nutrition Coach

Welcome back to Refuel Recipes! Each month, we’re gonna focus on one key ingredient that’s both delicious and nutritious and teach you how to incorporate it into your diet in a realistic, sustainable, tasty way! 

In case you missed it, this month we’re highlighting oats! This versatile little carbohydrate packs a big fiber punch and comes in many shapes and sizes. Before you dive into our third oat-centric recipe, look back at our first oat recipe to learn about the many amazing benefits of incorporating oats into your diet!

Our third oat-centric recipe is just as preppable as the previous two, super kiddo-friendly and might even feel like a sweet treat! This recipe is adapted from The Healthy Maven.

Oatmeal Energy Balls

Serving size: 1 ball | Number of servings: 20

Nutrition facts per serving: Calories – 88 | Fat – 4.5g | Carbs – 9g | Protein – 4g

Prep time: 20m | Cook time: None! Just pop’em in the fridge

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups quaker oats
  • ½ cup scoop protein powder
  • 4 tbsp milk of your choice (nutrition facts for original almond milk)
  • ½ cup natural smooth peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp natural honey
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup 70% dark chocolate chunks
  • ½ tsp of cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Add oats, protein powder, cinnamon and chia seeds to a large bowl.
  2. Add in peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  3. Add in chocolate chunks. Mixture should be slightly sticky but still crumbly.
  4. Slowly add 1 Tbsp of liquid at a time and using your hands (don’t be afraid) combine until mixture comes together in a sticky ball that holds together. 
  5. Roll into balls 1-1 ½ inches in diameter using hands and and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Let sit in fridge for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Enjoy all week!